On Friday, March 11, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will initiate a statewide effort to register bone marrow donors. During the kick-off at the CHP Academy, law enforcement and fire personnel from the greater Sacramento and foothills area, will volunteer to see if they are a match for CHP Officer Keith Meter or any other person in need of this lifesaving treatment.
Following the initial event, potential donors will be registered at more than 36 CHP offices and other locations throughout the state from March 12 through 19.
The statewide drive, “Stand Up for Keith – Team Meter Marrow Drive,” is being organized by CHP Headquarters and the CHP Santa Ana Area office to try to find a marrow donor for Officer Meter, an 18-year veteran of the Department. In 2014, Officer Meter was identified as a potential marrow donor for a young girl with marrow cancer. However, during the screening process, he was found to have more in common with the girl than he anticipated. Officer Meter was diagnosed with a form of cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome and now needs a marrow transplant.
The kickoff event is scheduled for Friday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CHP Academy Gymnasium, 3500 Reed Ave., West Sacramento.